The Center for the Humanities Monday Night Lecture Series - Empirical Ephemera

Monday, April 26, 2021
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (ET)
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Vanessa Agard-Jones • Columbia University 

April 26th @ 6 P.M.
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What is empirical about the ephemeral? And how might a concept-metaphor like sand help us answer that question? In a meditation on some of the smallest of our geological forms, this talk riffs off of José Esteban Muñoz's captivating meditations on ephemera in relationship to evidentiary claims, and evidentiary burdens. As we consider the ways that coloniality is made material: in social forms, in human and nonhuman bodies, and in the landscapes in which we live, we might experiment with sand as a tool for thinking an ephemeral archive, empirically. 

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